The Middle East

The Crisis in the Peace Talks Was Pre-Planned by the Palestinians

Institute for Contemporary Affairs, founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation Vol. 14, No. 9    April 10, 2014  In March 2014, Saeb Erekat, the head of the Palestinian negotiating team, prepared a 65-page document that surveys the diplomatic process and […]  Read More »

Palestinian Defiance of Washington

Defying the United States is now in fashion.  Read More »

Changing the Historical Narrative: Saeb Erekat’s New Spin

The Palestinians have not lived in the country for generations, but rather are immigrants who arrived relatively recently.  Read More »

The Other Iranian Weapons Smuggling in the Middle East

Israel’s seizure of the Iranian weapons ship Klos-C near the Eritrean-Sudanese border in the Red Sea, with its cargo of advanced rockets and mortar shells, is only one example of how the Iranian regime uses the supply of arms in […]  Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Rejects Even Discussing the Rights of the Jewish People to a State

Since his return from Washington, where he met with President Barack Obama, Mahmoud Abbas has demonstrated on successive occasions that he is only willing to harden his position on peace with Israel. For example, on March 22, 2014, Abbas spoke […]  Read More »

Has Mahmoud Abbas Really Accepted the Clinton Parameters on the Refugee Problem?

Abbas’ position on the refugee issue is not consistent with the Clinton Parameters.  Read More »

Iran’s Fortunes Rising in a Middle East Vacuum

Iran is behind recent attacks on Israel’s northern and southern borders.  Read More »

Arafat and the Jewish State: Setting the Record Straight

To say that Arafat recognized Israel as the Jewish state is a clear distortion of the historical record.   Read More »

Abbas Uses Fatah Speech to Reject U.S. Plan

Abbas repeated emphatically that he would under no circumstances accept the “Jewish state” principle.  Read More »

Hamas Punished by Egypt

Hamas needs to devise a new survival strategy.  Read More »

Japan and the Palestinian Authority: Foreign Policy and Economic Interest

Unlike the U.S. and EU, Japan funds development projects but not the PA budget.  Read More »

Egyptian Field Marshal Abd El-Fattah El-Sisi: A Profile

Field Marshal Sisi is viewed as a superhero who saved Egypt from anarchy and civil war.  Read More »

How Nuclear Talks Help Iran Dominate the Middle East

Iran foresees no substantial danger as it keeps marching toward its strategic goals.   Read More »

The Impending Clash between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is preparing to purchase an atomic bomb from Pakistan to deter Iran.   Read More »

Erekat Is Wrong: The Jewish Presence in the Land Dates Back for Millennia

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat claimed at the Munich Security Conference on Jan. 31 that the Palestinians cannot accept Israel as the Jewish state because they lived in the region long before the Jews. In the context of the current […]  Read More »